Many people might think that the colder months are the most dangerous ones for Pennsylvania drivers. After all, rain, ice and snow can often make a deadly mix for any kind of vehicle.
Almost every driver on Pennsylvania roads has gotten behind the wheel when they were probably too tired to drive. Whether it was when they came home from a late event or had to wake up too early to get to the airport, many people admit to driving drowsy. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that roughly 1 in 25 people fall asleep behind the wheel each month.
In a recent blog post, we discussed how car accidents were still the leading cause of death for teenagers and how parents could help their teens become safer drivers. But what about when teenagers are the passenger of a reckless driver?
We have all seen the videos of vehicles hurtling towards a wall during a crash test and watched the crash test dummies jolt forward and hit the airbags. These videos are jarring, but they also give us some level of comfort. After all, the videos show auto manufacturers taking precautions to ensure that drivers and passengers alike are safe in their vehicles.
By now, we have all seen the car commercials that portray something distracting the driver. Then, the advanced technology within the vehicle alerts the distracted driver to a hazard they do not see, such as the stopped car in front of them.
Recently in Adams County, a 16-year-old passenger died in a car accident when the driver collided with a tree. In Lehigh County, a 19-year-old boy collided with a guardrail and died in the accident.
The summer months bring the season of travel. Families and friends plan road trips and vacations alike. And the more vacations planned, the more vehicles take to Pennsylvania roads.
The month of May was National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. While it can be effective to dedicate that time to increase motorcycle safety, it is essential that all drivers and motorcyclists continue to do so even after that month is over.
We do not think much about what the injury risks might be from accidents when we get behind the wheel or ride as a passenger in a car. In case of a collision, one known risk to victims is spinal cord injury.
On Sunday morning, April 28, an elderly Chambersburg woman died while a passenger in a car waiting to turn left into a church parking lot in Antrim Township in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. The Ford Focus was struck from behind by a Honda Accord, which pushed the Focus into the other lane. It then collided head-on into a Jeep Grand Cherokee.